Latest Space Shuttle Atlantis Stories

2008-02-20 08:45:39

This story was updated at 10:09 a.m. EST. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The shuttle Atlantis and seven astronauts landed safely back on Earth Wednesday after a successful mission to deliver Europe's first permanent orbital laboratory to the International Space Station (ISS). With shuttle commander Stephen Frick at the helm, Atlantis swooped out of the morning sky over NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) here and loosed two sonorous sonic booms before touching down at 9:07 a.m. EST (1407...

2008-02-19 12:55:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronauts aboard NASA's shuttle Atlantis are hoping for clear skies over Florida tomorrow as they near the end of a successful construction flight to the International Space Station (ISS). Shuttle commander Stephen Frick and his six crewmates are scheduled to land Wednesday at 9:07 a.m. EST (1407 GMT) here at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), though the space agency has also called up a backup runway at California's Edwards Air Force Base. "We're certainly very...

2008-02-19 12:55:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronauts aboard NASA's shuttle Atlantis are converting their spacecraft back into a 100-ton glider today as they gear up for a planned Wednesday landing. Shuttle commander Stephen Frick and pilot Alan Poindexter will fire Atlantis' thrusters and test vital systems to ensure their spacecraft is ready to once again fly through the Earth's atmosphere. "We're looking forward to getting home, and we're headed home now," Frick said after Atlantis undocked from the space...

2008-02-16 03:27:20

HOUSTON — Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are forging ahead with the activation of the orbiting laboratory's new European research module. The joint 10-astronaut crew of the space station and NASA's docked Atlantis orbiter are squeezing in extra work today commission the European Columbus lab before the shuttle departs the ISS on Monday. "We're very far advanced in the activation and commission of Columbus," said Alan Thirkettle, station program...

2008-02-15 03:23:14

HOUSTON - A pair of spacewalking astronauts will outfit the International Space Station's (ISS) new Columbus laboratory for science Friday when they add new experiments to the module's orbital porch. Atlantis shuttle astronauts Rex Walheim and Stanley Love will step outside the station's Quest airlock at 8:40 a.m. EST (1340 GMT) to attach two European research platforms aimed at studying the sun and space environment. "First will be SOLAR, which is a solar telescope that mounts...

2008-02-07 16:02:26

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — After two months of delay, a new Columbus voyage set sail aboard NASA's shuttle Atlantis Thursday as seven astronauts rocketed toward the International Space Station (ISS) with a European-built lab. Atlantis and its STS-122 astronaut crew thundered into space from a seaside launch pad here at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, beginning an 11-day mission to deliver the European Space Agency's (ESA) Columbus laboratory to the ISS. "We know the Columbus...

2008-02-07 09:25:31

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Today is the big day for NASA's launch of space shuttle Atlantis -- maybe. When the 100-ton orbiter launches, it will carry the seven-astronaut crew of the STS-122 mission and the European Space Agency's (ESA) new Columbus science laboratory module into space. But rainy weather moving toward Kennedy Space Center has a 70 percent chance to push NASA officials to scrub their planned 2:45 p.m. EST (1945 GMT) launch and try another day. "We're feeling very...

2008-02-04 12:30:00

The Atlantis astronauts arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center this morning, prepared to lift off this week on a delayed mission to the international space station with Europe's Columbus science module. The 11-day mission is scheduled for launch at 1:45 p.m. CST Thursday. Thursday's weather outlook includes a 60 percent chance of stormy weather linked to the passage of a cold front. Conditions are expected to improve significantly on Friday and Saturday, if the rain and lightning associated...

2008-01-11 13:45:00

NASA Friday announced Feb. 7 as the target launch date for shuttle Atlantis' STS-122 mission to the International Space Station and mid-March for the launch of Endeavour on STS-123. Liftoff of Atlantis from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., will be at 2:47 p.m. EST. A decision by the Russian Federal Space Agency to move up its Progress launch from Feb. 7 to Feb. 5 enables both STS-122 and STS-123 to launch before the next Russian Soyuz mission in early April. This allows astronauts assigned...

2008-01-08 11:45:00

A long-delayed project to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope will now have to wait until NASA completes delivery of three modules to the International Space Station, officials said on Tuesday.The delay of the launch of the Atlantis shuttle mission to the space station, caused by fuel sensor failures in December, means the mission will not be ready for the August launch. There are two other higher-priority flights for NASA's shuttles as well.NASA's associate administrator for science missions,...

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Sunita Williams
2012-10-29 09:16:39

Sunita Williams is an American astronaut and a United States Navy officer who holds the record for the longest space flight by a woman. She was born Sunita Pandya Krishna on September 19, 1965 in Euclid, Ohio to parents of Indian and Slovenian decent. She graduated from Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts in 1983, and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical science from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. She was immediately commissioned as an Ensign in...

Stephen Frick
2012-10-27 14:05:11

Stephen Nathaniel Frick is an American astronaut having flown two Space Shuttle missions. Frick was also appointed as a United States Naval officer and qualified as an F/A-18 fighter pilot. Frick was born on September 30, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania in 1982. After receiving his high school diploma, Frick went on to the United States Naval Academy in 1986 to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace...

James Shelton Voss
2012-10-27 14:01:58

James Shelton Voss is a retired NASA astronaut as well as a retired United States Army Colonel. Voss now serves as the Vice President of Engineering at SpaceDev. On March 3, 1949, Voss was born in Cordova, Alabama but later moved to Opelika, Alabama to live and be raised by his grandparents. He went on to join the wrestling team at Opelika High School and after graduating, he went on to join the wrestling at Auburn University. There, he also was elected as Chapter President of the Theta Xi...

Janice Voss
2012-10-27 13:58:18

Janice Elaine Voss was a NASA astronaut as well as an American Engineer whom flew in space five times placing her at first for holding the record for American women. Voss was born on October 8, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated in 1972. She then attended Purdue University to receive her bachelor’s degree in engineering while concurrently working at the Johnson Space Center. After Purdue University, Voss...

Rex Walheim
2012-10-27 13:23:11

Rex Walheim is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He was born Rex Joseph Walheim on October 10, 1962 in Redwood City, California. He graduated from San Carlos High School in 1980 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. Upon his graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. The following April, he was assigned to work as a missile warning operations crew...

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